For those of you who recognize my handle from other forums, I am finally back from the NaNoWriMo underground–or, in a less dramatic fashion, November is over and my sojourn in the National Novel Writing Month 2004 wilderness has been almost successfully completed! I say almost because I finished the requisite 50,000 words for my novel, but I still have several thousand more to go and I need some help!
My protagonist is a young Catholic girl who, while attending a Catholic girls’ boarding school, meets a young man who happens to belong to the Church of Christ. Despite all good sense, they fall in love and, throughout the plot (please don’t ask me to reveal it!), she spends quite a bit of time defending the Catholic faith… and he (despite what I’ve read about CoC members in another thread) because he does care deeply for her, is actually willing to listen, though not necessarily agree.
I’ve reached a point where they have agreed to the following deal: each one must attend the other’s church services. Obviously, I know what a Catholic Mass is like, but can anyone fill me in on a typical (if there is one) Sunday CoC service? Any particular terms they use (an acquaintance, who happens to be CoC and is the model for my protagonist’s love interest, always words his invitations like, “I’d like to invite you to worship with us” rather than “Would you like to come to our services?” You get the idea.) What about Wednesday night Bible study? And how does the congregation react to visitors… in particular, Catholic visitors? Do they give a warm welcome, ambush their hapless visitor, pretend they don’t see him or her, what? And are there any particular beliefs they hold that would seem extremely bizarre to Catholics?
If anyone has information, I would appreciate your help. Either post in the forum or PM me if you prefer.
In anticipation of the obvious question–“why don’t you just ask your friend?”–I have some very good reasons. One, this is a very small town and our family is well-known as very staunch Catholics, and two, our family owns a Catholic bookstore and, since this is a small town, I don’t want to risk unfavorable PR just because I’m making inquiries for a book I’m writing.
Any questions or clarifications, you know where to find me!